Absolute Music and the Construction of Meaning
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Absolute Music and the Construction of Meaning by Daniel K. L. Chua
Book DescriptionThis book is born out of two contradictions: first, it explores the making of meaning in a musical form that was made to lose its meaning at the turn of the nineteenth century; secondly, it is a history of a music that claims to have no history - absolute music. The book therefore writes against that notion of absolute music which tends to be the paradigm for most musicological and analytical studies. It is concerned not so much with what music is, but with why and how meaning is constructed in instrumental music and what structures of knowledge need to be in place for such meaning to exist. From the thought of Vincenzo Galilei to that of Theodore Adorno, Daniel Chua suggests that instrumental music has always been a critical and negative force in modernity, even with its nineteenth-century apotheosis as 'absolute music'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521027519
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Daniel K. L. Chua
Absolute Music and the Construction of Meaning, Hardback (November 1999)
This book examines the intellectual history of instrumental music and its power to construct meaning.
'Galitzin' Quartets of Beethoven, Hardback (January 1996)» View all books by Daniel K. L. Chua
This is an analysis of the first three of Beethoven's late quartets, Opera 127, 132 and 130, commissioned by Prince Nikolai Galitzin. All five late quartets, usually considered as a group, were written in the same period as the "Missa solemnis" and the Ninth Symphony.
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